Kilo 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Kilo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 9, 2014

Graduates: October 31, 2014


This was the first week that K-190 split into two groups. On Monday, half of Kilo went to the firing range and the other half went to classes. All of Kilo was excited for the firing range and learned all of the rules for the safe and proper usage of a firearm. We were a little disappointed that we would not be firing a real pistol, but the simulator was a good learning tool and fun to use. This week was also the start of RAMP; the Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program. It is a two hour intensive and chaotic experience designed to get recruits back on the right track in recruit training. Whatever actions got the recruit sent to RAMP, you do not want to repeat. This week in our seamanship class, we had tests in a more hands on manner such as proving our master of tying 05 basic knots and following helmsman commands for steering a vessel on the simulator. We also had our midterm on Friday and K-190 passed. The company also got their second haircuts since our arrival; all of the hair we grew in 04 weeks is not gone yet again. Some of the more exciting events of the week included filling out our dream sheets with our preferred assignment choices and whether we would want to be a Fireman or a Seaman after basic training. Everyone in Kilo is so excited to learn where and what we will be doing after boot camp is over. Also, we moved into a new building on the regiment. Now, we are in Healy Hall which is the senior company building. But, it is up to us if we want to stay as the demanding requirements of boot camp are unrelenting and probation and reversion are still very real possibilities.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.